23 Jun 2008, 11:43pm
California
by admin

TGU Antelope Creek/Mill Creek Fires

Location: Tehema Co., CA

Specific Location: Lat 40° 11′ 14″; Lon 122° 12′ 25″

Date of Origin: 06/21/08
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 07/04/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: 22,907 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $2,159,923

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Situation as of 07/03/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: 22,907 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $2,102,933

Mop up and patrol.

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Situation as of 07/02/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 175
Size: 22,907 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $2,051,877

Noble Assist Fire (Tehama County DPA) 5,118 acres 80% contained. Closely watching fire in Yolla Bolly that could cross into Tehama County State Protected Land.

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Situation as of 07/01/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 234
Size: 22,907 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $1,978,933

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Situation as of 06/30/08 6:30 PM
Total Personnel: 234
Size: 22,907 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

Antelope Creek Fire - 3,410 acs, 100% contained
Mill Creek Fire - 13,580 acs, 100% contained
Noble Fire - 5,118 acs, 65% contained

40 of 41 fires contained.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 274
Size: 22,907 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Antelope Creek Fire - 3,410 acs, 95% contained
Mill Creek Fire - 13,580 acs, 90% contained
Noble Fire - 5,118 acs, 65% contained

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Situation as of 06/28/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 301
Size: 17,541 acres
Percent Contained: 55%

Costs to Date: $1,525,642

Planned actions: Noble Fire- structure protection, complete perimeter line around main fire and mop up. 450 acre spot fire contained. Antelope and Mill Fires- mop up and patrol, fires are holding within control lines. Expected containment 6-30 1800 hrs.

Situation as of 06/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 287
Size: 16,300 acres
Percent Contained: 45%

Decision was made not to transition with Lassen NF Type 1 team.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 230
Size: 15,760+ acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Antelope Creek Fire 3,000 acres 60% containment, no growth in last 24 hours. Mill Creek Fire 11,360 acres 40% containment. Noble fire is burning on both sides of Highway 36W in Tehama County on State Protected Land. Two spot fires in Tehama County approximately 1400 acres. Structures are threatened on Ball Road, R-Ranch and ranches on 36W. Continuing to find new fires with access problems.

Will transition to Lassen Type l IMT today. Preparing for projected highest possible lightning Saturday and Sunday.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 230
Size: 14,541 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Structures Threatened: NONE Structures Destroyed: NONE

Costs to Date: $858,955

Eastside, Paynes Creek area: Antelope Creek Fire ~4,200 acres, 20% containment. Mill Creek Fire ~10,000 acres, 0% containment.

Westside, Hwy 36W: Salt Creek Fire - 40 acres, 100% contained. Vestal Fire - 181 acres, 95% contained.

Highway 36W closed between Baker Station and Wildwood.

Eastside fires have potential to grow to 20,000 acres.

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Situation as of 06/23/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 221
Size: 10,629 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Antelope Fire — 4,000 acs, 20% contained. Mill Creek Fire — 7,000 acs, 0% contained. Vestal Fire — 181 acs, 95% contained.

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Situation as of 06/23/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 223
Size: 3,146 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Costs to Date: $487,314

Includes Mill Creek Fire and Antelope Fire

28 Jun 2008, 8:34am
by Glenn W.


Has the Antelope or Mill Creek Fire affected the upper middle ridge road or the Panther Springs area? Also, has the fire affected the Tehama Game Refuge in the Mill Creek Fire? Whatever info would be greatly appreciated.

28 Jun 2008, 9:29am
by Mike


The TGU fires have been very difficult to track because they have had split management: CalFire on the private lands and USFS on the federal lands. Plus, there are a few fires in the Complex that are widely separated geographically. Things are still in flux, too, with new weather coming in.

The Mill Creek Fire is low priority for the Feds, apparently. I have been getting mixed signals. The Fed portion is in the Game Preserve which is also the Ishi Wilderness or thereabouts.

The Ishi Wilderness is not a wilderness since people have been living there for thousands of years, including Ishi, who was not a “wild” Indian but a normal, domesticated human being. The whole concept behind the Ishi Wilderness is so rude. But the Feds feel like they should do Let It Burn because of the new legal designation, rather than stewardship, which is what Ishi and his forebears practiced.

So we must wait and see what happens. Given the fuels, the low priority, and the jurisdictional gamesmanship, it wouldn’t surprise me if the fire went mega (100,000+ acres) in the next two weeks.

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